Wednesday, March 9, 2011

No fast food for 90 days

In less than 20 days I will have been fast food free for 90 days.

It's not that I eat very much fast food any more. The days of eating it several times a week are long gone. But still, I do end up giving into cravings 1 or 2 times a month and have this stupid mental thing that road trips = fast food.

Case in point, on December 28th on my way back home from visiting family in St. Louis for the holidays, I stopped at Taco Bell. I can't remember exactly what I got that night but it was probably a bean burrito and a cheesy bean and rice burrito. That combination packs 860 calories, 31 grams of fat and 2410 mg of sodium. And normally I would have 3 burritos of different varieties as one meal from TB.

Since one of my items on my 101 in 1001 list is to be fast food free for 90 days and I decided 2 months ago this is the time. I will be fast food free until at least March 28.

Yes I've had cravings. I've wanted to drive thru for some french fries about a million times. Last night I just wanted to stop by Wendy's for a baked potato to go with my left over grilled chicken breast. After dinner last night, I wanted to binge on Arby's beef and cheddars.

But I didn't. I haven't done any of that for 71 days.

One of the reasons I wanted to do this is because I know even if I am making 'healthy' calorie choices at the drive thru window there is enough sodium in one a fast food meal to account for what a whole day's intake should be - or more.

Yes, I am on a quest to lose weight. But more than that, I want to be healthy. I want to eat whole, nutritious foods. Not processed crap with ingredients I cannot pronounce. Give me a choice between a large apple or pack of cheese crackers for a snack...

And I'll go with the apple please.


Amanda said...

That's fantastic! Way to go. I wish I could give up fast food, and I do stay away from it most of the time. I'm just so busy I inevitably end up starving and miles away from home - not to mention I work in a city without a grocery store...

BurtonReview said...

Congrats!! (*new follower here.. new dieter too)
I used to have fast food for lunch EVERY DAY. For a year or more.. and now I am paying for it as I try to work off those 20 pounds!! It's so NOT worth it!!
You gave me an idea for finally solidifying what to give up for lent.. since I was already seemingly giving up a lot by this diet.. I will now officially give up FAST FOOD for lent as well. YAY

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